Clark State to receive more than $3.5 million from federal labor grant

Clark State College will be receiving more than $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to invest in training related to key sectors of the economy.

The money will come from a H-1B One Workforce Grant program and it will be used to upskill the current workforce. The focus of training provided by the grant will also be centered around critical industries such as advanced manufacturing, according to a news release from the college.

“This grant builds upon that work through providing a new and futuristic pathway: laser manufacturing, as well as expanding access to individuals who wish to reskill by training for a good paying job,” said Jo Alice Blondin, the president of Clark State.

Training models related to programming that will utilize money from the grant will include a broad range of classroom, on-the-job training, customized training and incumbent training, according to representatives of the college.

“With this grant we will be focusing on micro credentials that can be completed in as little as 8 weeks,” said Nora Hatem, associate professor of engineering technologies at Clark State.

Clark State will also be purchasing equipment to support a new photonics or laser material processing certificate. The college also plans to purchase a 3D metal printer for prototyping and product development and material testing, according to the release.

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